UPDATED AFL CANADA GRANTS PROGRAM

AFL Canada’s grant program is designed to encourage the growth and development of Australian Rules Football in Canada. Any member of AFL Canada may apply for a grant to assist in the general development of Australian Football and for the general development of Australian Rules Football in their region.

Development Grants – intended to support new and current clubs with developing their current competition offerings, as well as growing into new areas.

    Pilot Project Grants
    Got an idea for a project or program that will help grow the game of Australian Football in Canada? Submit your idea and it may be able to be funded by AFL Canada.
     
    Your submission will need to include:
        • An outline of your proposed project.
        • What are your goals for that project (ie, recruiting, game visibility, etc)
        • Key performance indicators – how will we know the project is successful?
        • Timelines for your project.

    Items that will not be funded under this grant category are:

        • Operational expenses including wages.
        • Tournaments in areas that are already established.
        • Ancillary or non-essential equipment.

    All Pilot Project grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada Grants Committee and a decision will be communicated to the applicant after the closest AFL Canada Board Meeting. 

    Please complete the below application form, and attach any further relevant information or supporting documentation.

    * All Pilot Project  Australia Grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada Grants Committee and a decision will be communicated to the applicant within 30 days of receipt of all requested information.

    Junior Australian Football Grants

    Current or developing AFL Canada Leagues and Clubs may apply for the New Junior Club Grant to assist with costs associated with developing a Junior Australian Football Program.

    The Junior Clubs Grant may be used toward, but is not limited to the development of :

    • In School Australian Football Programs
    • Intramurals
    • Auskick Sessions
    • Under 13/15/17 Tournament based programs

    Please note that this is not an annual grant. Multiple grant applications for clubs across years may be considered for pilot projects or new strategies but the grant is intended to help clubs develop a program that will stand on its own, in order to create sustainability. 

    One of AFL Canada’s major focuses is to develop a consistent base of junior programming across the country in order to develop a sustainable base of Australian Football in Canada for years to come. AFL Canada’s Development Manager can be reached out development@aflcanada.com for any assistance with developing a junior program

    In 2022, a major focus of all leagues and clubs across the country will be focussing on returning to Footy and regaining former members after and affected 2020 & 2021. AFL Canada encourages all members to explore how further how gaining funding for developing aspects of your club (ie, women’s footy, juniors and other programs) can enhance those goals in 2022.

    Please submit your Junior Australian Football Grant application via online form.

    * All Junior Australian Football grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada Grants Committee and a decision will be communicated to the applicant within 30 days of receipt of all requested information.

    New Club Grants

    Current or prospective registered leagues or teams may apply for a grant to assist in the start-up of a new Australian Rules Football club. The applicant must demonstrate ongoing intent to develop Australian Rules football in that region.

    Please ensure to read the Eligibility and Conditions of the New Clubs Grant before applying.

    Please submit your New Club Grant application via online form.

    * All New Club grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada Grants Committee and a decision will be communicated to the applicant within 30 days of receipt of all requested information.

    New University Club Grants

    Prospective University Clubs are encouraged to apply for the University Club Grant to assist with the formation of their club. Grants may be used toward costs associated with the formation of the club such as field rental, advertising materials, equipment, etc.

    All University clubs must be associated with a Canadian University. The grant may also be used working toward becoming an official club of that University.

    Please submit your New University Club Grant application via online form.

    * All University Club grants will be reviewed by the AFL Canada grant committee and a decision will be communicated to the application within 30 days of the receipt of the application.

    Please make sure to also read the New University Club grant conditions.

    Projects in Growth Area Grants

    The Projects in Growth Area grant is specifically targeted toward projects being run by existing clubs and leagues, designated to take place in targeted growth areas. Projects in the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa will not be funded.

    Examples of these areas could include:

      • Areas that do not currently have an Australian Football presence.
      • Areas that have had an Australian football presence in the past, but no longer do.
      • Areas where the only presence of Australian Football is a University club, or a club that is still supported by the New Clubs Grant.

    Funding will be determined based on the proposed budget within the grant application. Funding from this grant may be utilized towards costs associated with:

      • Running Australian Football tournaments – field rental, advertising, etc.
      • The creation of junior leagues and/or Auskick programs.
      • Development of in school Australian Football programs.
      • Other projects specifically designed to grow Australian Football in a geographic area with no presence.
    Your submission will need to include:
    • An outline of your proposed project.
    • What are your goals for that project (ie, recruiting, game visibility, etc)
    • Key performance indicators – how will we know the project is successful?
    • Timelines for your project

     

    Please submit your Projects in Growth Area Grants via the online form below.

    * All New Project Grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada grant committee and a decision will be communicated to the application within 30 days of the receipt of the application.

    Goal post grants

    Got your field all set but missing one thing? AFL Canada’s Goal Post Grant is designed to ensure your club has the permanent infrastructure in the form of Goal Posts at your field.

    Temporary goal posts (ie, plastic posts with a base) will not be funded.

    Please submit your Goal Post Grant application via online form.

    * All Goal Post grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada grant committee and a decision will be communicated to the application within 30 days of the receipt of the application.

    Support Grants – intended to support current clubs with their endeavours.

      EVENT HOSTING GRANTS

      AFL Canada member clubs run various tournaments and events each year that help promote and grow our great game.

      These events include, (but aren’t limited to):

      • The Kelowna Cup (Kelowna, BC)
      • The Stampede Cup (Calgary, AB)
      • The Pony Platter (Ottawa, ON)
      • Quebec Women’s Tournament (Montreal, QC)

      Feedback provided to AFL Canada is that these events are very expensive to run – as a result of said feedback, AFL Canada has decided to implement the Event Hosting Grant.

      AFL Canada is unlocking Four Grant of (up to) $500 per year dedicated to helping current member clubs host events.

      The Grant will be in the form of a reimbursement on approved expenses, and can be used towards reimbursing expenses such as:

      • Field Rental Fees
      • Equipment
      • Umpire Fees
      • Marketing resources.

      To be considered eligible for the grant, events must include a minimum of three AFL Canada Member clubs, from two different provinces.

      *Note that AFL Canada encourages inviting clubs from the USA to participate in events but for the purpose of this funding, they will not be counted in the minimum club numbers mentioned above.

      For the full Grant Conditions & Eligibility requirements of the grant, please see the document found here.

      Please submit your Event Hosting Grant application via online form.

      * All Event Hosting grant applications will be reviewed by the AFL Canada grant committee and a decision will be communicated to the application within 30 days of the receipt of the application.

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